Cook the Book: Smoked Ham with Avocado and Butter

Cook the Book: Smoked Ham with Avocado and Butter

Avocado adds a great creamy element to sandwiches, and I'm glad to see it in a sandwich that doesn't call for sprouts. I don't understand how anyone eats those threadlike sprouts. I almost gag every time I try them. Plus, they seem suspiciously associated with health. Thankfully, there's just some nice smoked ham and butter here to complement that avocado. Don't you love recipes that only have one step?

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  • Yield:3 to 4 sandwiches


  • 1 ripe avocado, halved, pitted, peeled, and sliced
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 baguette, split lengthwise
  • 8 ounces smoked ham, in thick slices


  1. 1.

    On a plate, season the avocado with a drizzle of oil and salt and pepper to taste. Spread the butter on the bottom slice of the baguette, and top with the avocado and the ham. Close the sandwich, slice into three or four pieces, and serve.